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Webinar: Truck driver deposition strategy

Written by Steve Gursten Posted May 22nd, 2017

Truck Attorney Roundtable Co-Founder Steven Gursten leads national legal webinar on company, truck driver depositions and handling 30(b)(6) matters

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On May 24, I’ll be part of Stafford Publications’ 90-minute “Deposing Truck Drivers and Trucking Company Representatives in Injury Cases” CLE webinar.

The webinar is designed so that lawyers will be able to interact and ask questions of some of the top truck accident attorneys and legal experts in the nation, and I’m honored to be asked to return to this webinar, after being part of last year’s webinar.

The goal of the webinar is to better prepare personal injury attorneys who may be unfamiliar with truck accident litigation with how to depose truck drivers and motor carrier representatives, especially motor carrier management and company safety directors.

The webinar will include best practices for effectively questioning truck drivers, why attorneys should be videotaping driver depositions, using demonstrative aids and legal exhibits, and dealing with difficult drivers or trucking company representatives.

The expert attorney panel will also discuss how to skillfully navigate Rule 30(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure when preparing deposition notices for truck and bus company corporate representatives.

I’ve probably taken over a thousand depositions of truck drivers and motor carrier safety directors during the course of over 300 truck accident lawsuits over the past  20-plus years. I’ve written about this topic in depth, and I’ve also spoken about it during many other national legal seminars around the country.

As a Past-Chair of the American Association for Justice Truck Accident Lawyer Litigation Group, one of my main goals was to help disseminate knowledge to teach lawyers how they can do a better job when litigating truck accident cases. I believe that in a world where today unfortunately law enforcement and the FMCSA is far more reactive than proactive, it is only the lawyers who can stop preventable truck wrecks. But we can only do this if we learn how to uncover and then hold accountable motor carriers who have made intentional decisions to violate mandatory safety rules that killed or injured other innocent people on our roads.

The sad truth is that today attorneys are the only deterrent for many motor carriers who are deciding whether to follow mandatory safety rules or whether to ignore them.

In 2007, I started the first members-only seminar for truck accident attorneys to share their knowledge and secrets so we could better hold the bad actors in this industry more accountable. I created this seminar, which has become an annual event every year since, so we can do better, for the more we can all do to help keep an industry that has many bad actors safe, the more lives we can save. We can all make a meaningful difference in preventing future wrecks by teaching lawyers how to be better.

For example, here’s a blog post I wrote about “How to nab the tired trucker in a deposition,” which includes a list of sample questions to ask a truck driver who you suspect was fatigued and caused the crash at hand. And here’s a video on how to depose a truck driver with a serious medical condition.

For more information about the webinar or to register, visit here.

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About Steve Gursten

Attorney Steven Gursten is president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association and past president of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group. He has been named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Leader in the Law" for his efforts to prevent truck accidents and promote national truck safety. Steve was also a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Lawyer of the Year" for a record settlement in a truck accident case. He has received the top reported truck accident jury verdict and top reported truck accident settlement in Michigan for multiple years, according to published year-end compilations of all jury verdicts and personal injury settlements by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He has been named a "Top 50 Super Lawyer," by SuperLawyers, is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and has been awarded an AV-rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethics. Steve speaks to lawyers throughout the country on truck accident litigation. He is a founding member of the Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable, head of Michigan Auto Law, and has dedicated his legal career to making our roads safer.